3. LeBron James
LeBron could be on the move next summer. He has a $51.4 million player option for the 2024-25 season, and his decision could rest with his son. Bronny James suffered a scary medical episode in July, but the USC freshman is projected to be drafted in 2024. LeBron has not been shy about his desire to play with his son in the NBA. If Bronny declares for the draft, his father could be on the move.
The Knicks are well-positioned to select the teenager. They could have seven picks in 2024, including four first-rounders if everything bounces right. New York has plenty of additional capital if they choose to trade up, which would be a no-brainer if it means getting LeBron.
King James became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer last season, so he is just chasing a fifth championship. He is still elite and just helped the Lakers get to the conference finals while playing through a foot injury. The 38-year-old may be past his prime, but there is no bigger name in the sport.
The New York Knicks may be able to pull off a blockbuster trade and get LeBron James in free agency if they can draft his eldest son. Two stars in the Big Apple playing with Jalen Brunson is a tantalizing thought that could become reality next summer.